There is no shortage of bad ideas out there, but the ones that concern me are old sayings that have a history of being wrong yet are still embraced by some pilots. Let’s look at a few. A common denominator seems to be that certain pilots absolutely believe that their procedures are safe, until they end up breaking something. At that point, they blame the airplane, their training or something else. I’ve had my share of bad ideas over the years. But once I recognize the error, I ...

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